As we pulled into the lot, she said, "Wow, look at that fancy Dodge Charger. I bet that's the car you'll get."
Then, after a scan around the lot, she spotted a plain jane sedan parked on the side and said, "Actually, you will probably that one."
And I agreed with her because I work for a non-profit and all employees are specifically instructed by the Fiscal Hotline to request the most basic car available.
And then I went inside and the man behind the counter said, "Would you like the Dodge Charger today?"
WOULD I EVER?!
I confirmed that the price would not change, because the last thing I wanted was a call from the Fiscal Hotline, and five minutes later I was driving home in a brand new vehicle that had settings for the "climate," and not simply heat or ac, and with the key sitting in the cup holder and not the ignition because TECHNOLOGY IS SO FANCY THESE DAYS AND THE CAR TURNS ON WITH THE PUSH OF A BUTTON.
I left early the next morning for my meeting and as I merged my spaceship onto the turnpike I realized the Charger really had some get up and go under the hood. So please imagine my panic when I glanced down at the digital speedometer and saw 91 flashing on the screen.
After I slammed on the brakes I realized the speedometer was set to kilometers per hour. Whew.
I knew I wasn't going that fast.
I returned the Charger on Thursday night with a heavy heart, but on Saturday morning I was back at Enterprise to pick up a new car for this week. This time I got a cute Jeep Cherokee, which has a smooth ride and an old school key that actually goes into the ignition just like God and auto mechanics intended.
The Jeep seemed a little simpler and more my "speed," until I went to the gas station. And had to read the manual to figure out how to open the gas cap.
And then I tried to pop in a CD and learned it has no CD player. It has a USB port, and an SD card port, but no CD player.
Technology has officially PASSED ME BY.
However, in addition to automatic and four wheel drive, the Jeep does have have settings (options? gears?) for sport and sand/mud.
And I have the Jeep until Saturday.
I think an off road adventure is calling my name.
It's just too bad I won't be able to listen to a CD while I drive through the mud.